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from Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
Philosophy is not only the turning of the mind homeward, the coincidence of human consciousness with the living principle whence it emanates, a contact with the creative effort: it is the study of becoming in general, it is true evolutionism and consequently the true continuation of science.
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What is ideology? Well, Wikipedia actually has a fairly good definition:

An ideology is a set of beliefs and values attributed to a person or group of persons, especially as held for reasons that are not purely epistemic.

When they say we don’t hold these beliefs epistemically, they basically mean that we don’t fully comprehend their influence, we don’t always know they are there affecting us. 

Many theorists have written about this definition, carrying on for paragraphs about just what ideology really is. No doubt, it is a strange concept. You would not necessarily believe it is there unless you tried to look for it. Basically, and to speak in a literary way, ideology is the theme of life in your particular place and time. The American culture, the Japanese culture, the French culture, and so on, all have different ideologies. Furthermore, there are ideologies within specific communities like the scientific community or the literary community. Ideology is a world view built up out of commonalities between people from different classes, races, genders, faiths, occupations, and so on.

If you think about some of the common “American” things like the Ford Mustang we get some sense of what it means to be American. Ideology is a large part of culture. You can probably imagine a giant billboard on the side of the highway that says simply, “Mustangs are awesome!” And this would be perfectly acceptable. Certainly, many people would find this billboard likable. You can imagine yourself agreeing with someone who happens to say this in conversation.

Likewise, the culture itself, as a discrete collective being, says things. We believe America is “The Land of the Free” because, well, that is what we are told. You may not necessarily know who said that, but someone certainly did somewhere, sometime. Now, this statement lives on through repetition by other people in music, movies, advertisements, etc. Through culture, messages are passed around and this creates an overall series of messages that exist above any one person. This is ideology. Furthermore, this whole concept about an object being an icon is rather “American,” too. Americans may be considered materialistic because we often think of objects as defining us. I want the latest smartphone because it does all of these great things and I will, therefore, be awesome. If I buy the brand new sports car, I will be able to drive around stylishly, and people will think I am awesome. This itself is a result of the American ideology. Some people do not necessarily feel this way because they have grown out of this belief system.

Beyond that, there are many philosophical debates about ideology, mainly, whether or not we can escape it. Basically, if you are like me, you would say that these people can stand on either side but that will hardly make a difference as to whether or not a person can escape ideology. It seems to me that if you know what it is, you understand what it says, and you try to avoid its influence, then you have escaped already. Nonetheless, Althusser, in his essay, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses,” says (among other things) that there are only higher and higher levels of ideology, that one never fully escapes ideology.

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What do you think is the secret behind the exclamation mark?

Simple, it’s such a sharp truth blunt to digest. You can’t deny it and that’s the biggest mile of your life you tread for , how nuch you try to avoid it.


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The gravitational pull that the greatest platitudes [e.g. psycological explanations of a work that trace a character of a work to an event] seem to exert on the majority of psychologists has led them for several years to the study of “frustrations”; the involuntary fasting of rats serves as their infinitely fertile epistemological model.

[In contrast,] it is because of his double grounding in

  • philosophy
  • psychoanalysis

that Laplanche was able to direct his study of Holderlin to a profound questioning of the negative, in which

  • the Hegelian repetition of Jean Hippolyte
  • the Freudian repetition of Jacques Lacan

find themselves repeated: repeated, that is, by the very necessity of

  • their destined itinerary
  • [the destiny’s] conclusion

– Michel Foucault, The Father’s “No” (Part IV: The Case of Holderlin), 1961

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Jean-Paul Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason, 645-646
And here we encounter the second characteristic of the group as seen by the series: it is a group of experts. This means that the evaluation of music is their profession. No one actually believes that the record is really the best of the year, but at least it must be ‘worth listening to.’ The quality of being an expert is sovereignty in the milieu of alterity (that is to say, it is transcendent of seriality): and this sovereignty, which is expressed in one specific act, flows into one object and becomes a definite power in it, a right over a certain category of serial individuals. Here we can see precisely the mirage in its elementary form: the record, in a shop window, fresh and new, unique amongst the other records, is the individual unity of interiority-objectification of the individual who produced it and of the small group which chose it. If I go into the shop, buy it and take it away, it is a record-seriality, a record which I must have because the Other has it, a record which I listen to as an Other, adapting my reactions to those which I anticipate in Others. Mirage and metamorphosis: synthetic unity can manifest itself as an abstract determination, in a transcendent milieu, for individuals in an inert gathering; but once an object which has been produced in this way is introduced into the gathering, it acquires structures of alterity, and becomes, in itself, a factor of alterity.
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Lidia Yuknavitch, from The Chronology of Water
In my house there are many rocks. What I love about rocks that you find in rivers or at the ocean’s shore is that they are the sediment of all life on the planet continuously destroyed and remade. When you hold a rock in your hand you are holding everything in existence, even space dust, and it’s traveled oceans to get to you. So fragile and yet solid—made from pieces of things—like we are.
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Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man
The closed language does not demonstrate and explain — it communicates decision, dictum, command. Where it defines, the definition becomes “separation of good from evil”; it establishes unquestionable rights and wrongs, and one value as justification of another value… and this sort of validation promotes a consciousness for which the language of the powers that be is the language of truth.
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Putting People on a Pedestal

A major flaw in our society today is that we put many people in a pedestal and worship them. I am in fault of also doing this, I do this with many internet influencers and it is a bad habit of the human mind. Though executing these

thoughts and mindset is toxic. We expect people to have not done mistakes in the past. We expect them to act like the persona they put online and the persona we have constructed for them in our imagination.

This is completely wrong, one of our many purposes on Earth is to evolve mentally and morally; we mold ourselves to what we believe is deem right for us. We learn through our mistakes and fix them. Many don’t evolve because they don’t put in the action of change, but many do see their mistakes and decide to change. Albeit their mistakes can be from a a day ago, a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago, they are still trying to change. Everyone is human and not a super human who immediately knew what is wrong from the moment they were born. They learned what was wrong and right from experience and change.

Did you immediately knew that lying was wrong?

Though a lot of things can be a learned/taught behavior and no one knew when something was immediately correct or incorrect. We had to experience it ourselves and to see if we wanted to change ourselves to fit the narrative we want to say.

In the end, we are all humans living a human experience. It is our decision if we want to evolve our mindset or be comfortable and still with the one we have.

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